Pumpkins Rising

Welcome to Trash to Treasure Tuesday. I hope you all got the memo in yesterday’s post about the party starting in the evening this week, and haven’t been cursing me all day long.

Have you entered the giveaway? Scroll down to see what you can win. I know a lot of us “trash to treasure types” think that a cool accessory is the spray paint splotches we wear proudly on our fingertips, but this is REAL jewelry, people.

Anyway, since we’re all in the throes of fall decorating, tonight I thought I’d showcase the lowly pumpkin.
Pumpkins have long been a staple of fall and Halloween decorating, of course, but do you ever get a little bored with their presentation? Are you tired of Jack ‘o lantern faces?

You wouldn’t be if you snagged some cake plates from the thrift store and piled those scary faced gourds on.
One year I let my kids buy pumpkin carving stencils. I STILL have a cramp in my fingers. Those stencils found the trash can before Trick or Treat was over.
Now I’m thinkin’ that PAINTING the pumpkins is a FABULOUS idea. No knives involved.

What about guilding? (photo from countryliving.com)

Elevate your pumpkin to sculpture status by placing it in an old, chippy urn. I. love. this. (photo from countryliving.com)

Hang them from your dining room chandy. (photo from countryliving.com)

This one’s my idea. I’m sure you couldn’t tell from the photo quality. I have a real “thing” about varying the heights in a display, so I elevated this little Goodwill pumpkin on a spray painted Goodwill candlestick. Candlesticks are fabulous for elevating all kinds of stuff. If the top surface isn’t large enough for your item, add a plate. A Goodwill plate, of course, painted to match your candlestick. The lowly pumpkin’s not so lowly anymore.
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19 thoughts on “Pumpkins Rising

  1. Yup! I’m thinking painted pumpkins too!! Last year The girls just helped me put faces on using vinyl and they looked just as cute (plus we used fake pumpkins…..so re-usable!!) Thanks!

  2. I’m new to your party! What fun!

    I love all of the inspiration in your post…that 2nd photo always catches my eye too. Hanging from the chandelier is so cute too!

    Thanks for sharing and hosting such a fun party!


  3. Great idea with the pumpkin cake plate deal. I use to decorate when my kids were young but I don’t do a lot of it these days….maybe I will this yr. As for Goodwill….love that place!

  4. Your post inspired me. I bought a pumpkin at Goodwill today. And some other fall decor. I linked up to the party! Thanks for providing a way for all of us to share, I’ve really enjoyed the posts the last few weeks!

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